Vault Law Editors

Vault’s Law Blog covers news and trends relating to legal careers. Law Blog contributors offer insights on the legal industry and provide career advice for law students, attorneys and JDs.

Contributors have included:

  • Brian Dalton: Brian received a JD from Fordham Law School and a BA in History from Middlebury College. Following law school, Brian worked as an associate at a New York City law firm.
  • Vera Djordjevich: Vera is currently the Director of Research & Consulting at Vault. A former litigator, she holds degrees from New York University School of Law and Stanford University.
  • Mary Kate Sheridan: Mary Kate holds a JD from Columbia Law School and a BA in English from Mary Washington College. Mary Kate is a writer, editor and attorney, who previously worked as a litigation associate at a large law firm.
  • Rachel Marx Boufford: Rachel is a recruiting and marketing professional and previously worked as a litigation associate at a large New York law firm.
    Rachel has a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Tufts University.

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Class of 2010 Law Grads Face Dismal Job Prospects

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 01, 2011

As if the class of 2010-which has been out of law school for about a year now-needed a reminder of how depressing the legal job market has been, NALP just released its Employment Report and Salary Survey for the Class of 2010. According to NALP,[T]he overall employment rate for new law school graduates is, at 87.6%, the lowest it has been since 1996, when the rate stood at 87.4%. In addition to a lower overall employment rate than that measured for the classes that immediately... Read More >

Law Grad Sues Law School for Lack of Transparency

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 31, 2011

The push for more transparency from law schools has been more like a shove lately, with various media and organizations calling for clearer employment and salary data. But one law grad is taking it a step further: to the courts. Anna Alaburda, a 2008 graduate from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, is the named plaintiff in a class action suit against the law school.The suit-which seeks over $50 million in damages-alleges fraud; negligent misrepresentation; and violations of... Read More >

Female Lawyers: Career Track or Inevitable Mommies & Should

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 26, 2011

Last week, Vault's CSR editor Aman Singh covered Glencore Chairman Simon Murray's recent comments about hiring women-which he later retracted and apologized for-including this gem:Do you think that means when I rush out, what I'm absolutely desperate to have is young women who are about to get married in my company, and that I really need them on board because I know they're going to get pregnant and they're going to go off for nine months?Aman's post ignited a... Read More >

Vault's Legal Diversity Career Fair: Registration Open!

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 25, 2011

Hollywood, get ready because Vault is heading your way this July. We're also setting up camp in the land of khakis and politics. That's right, the Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair is back for its sixth year, and this year we're getting the west coast in on the action (allowing us not only to reach attorneys and law students across the country but perhaps also to answer the burning question of which coast really is best: east or west) by hosting the career fair in... Read More >

The Other Side of the Socratic: Tips for Pursuing a Career i

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 25, 2011

Legal academia is one of those careers that seems unreachable, both because of how competitive it is-generally requiring impeccable grades from a top school and published scholarship to even be considered-and how little information is out there on pursuing the profession. But students in the Lions' legal den are receiving valuable tools to prepare them for future careers as law professors through Columbia Law School's Careers in Law Teaching Program. According to... Read More >

6 Things to Consider When Applying to Law School

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 19, 2011

Do your research before you click the "Send" button on your law school application.This was the theme of the panel that I moderated last night at NYU on the pros and cons of law school: Should I Apply to Law School? Hosted by Stratus Prep, the panel included three attorneys and one future attorney at various stages of their careers:•Shawn O'Connor, Founder / President, Stratus Prep •Peter Samuels, Senior Partner and Co-Head M&A, Proskauer •Rebecca Gingold,... Read More >

Revamping Law Firm Interviews

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 18, 2011

Did Jane Eyre nab me offers from BigLaw firms when I was an eager law student interviewing during EIP? I'll never know. But I (to my surprise) talked about my favorite book repeatedly throughout my law firm interviews, along with what I thought of certain professors at my law school and which restaurants in New York were my favorite. I remember my law firm interviews being largely conversational. Of course, the interviewers asked me the obligatory questions on my decision to go to law... Read More >

Pros & Cons of Law School

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 16, 2011

Toying with the notion of going to law school but not sure if the (quite possibly) six-figure investment and three-year commitment is worth it? Join me on Wednesday night in New York City for a panel discussion on the good, the bad and the in-between of a law degree.Hear from a Vault Law 100 law firm partner, an assistant district attorney, an admissions counselor and a recent law school graduate. And get ready to build your connections at a networking reception (with refreshments)... Read More >

5 Tips for a Successful Start to Your Law Firm Summer

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 16, 2011

Time to pack away those casebooks and pull out your business best-summer associate programs are about to begin. You've heard all of the law firm hype, and now it's time to see it first-hand. But this isn't just time to sit back, watch BigLaw life and sip way too many cocktails with your fellow summers each night. Your summer associateship is a multiple-week-long job interview, and in this current job market, you've got to make a good impression.Sometimes a good... Read More >

Will BigLaw Simon Ever Say Merit-Based Comp?

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 13, 2011

Law firm compensation looks a lot like a game of Simon Says. Simon (or Cravath) Says pay all first years x. Simon Says pay all first years y. Pay first years based on their performance. Tsk, tsk . . . I didn't say "Simon Says."Most of the BigLaw firms follow the leader, paying the same compensation and bonuses based strictly on class year. But several firms have said so long to BigLaw Simon and ventured into merit-based compensation models. A recent panel at NALP called... Read More >

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